National, state primary election results


Along with county races, Switzerland County voters helped elect candidates for state and national races for the fall.

In the Sixth District race for U.S. Congress, Republican incumbent Luke Messer was unopposed on Tuesday. Here in Switzerland County, he received 313 votes; and across the Sixth District, he received 43,592 votes.

In the Democratic primary to challenge Luke Messer in November, there was a three-person race.

Rising Sun attorney Lane Siekman was a candidate, and he won the Switzerland County portion of the primary with 553 votes; followed by Susan Hall Heitzman with 242 votes and Corinne Westerfield with 118 votes.

But across the district, Susan Hall Heitzman won the nomination, totaling 9,073 votes. Lane Siekman was second with 5,521 votes; and Corinne Westerfield had 4,150 votes.

Both the Republican and Democrat parties had uncontested races for the State Senate, District 45 post.

Republican incumbent Jim Smith received 292 votes in Switzerland County on Tuesday; and across the district he received 2,978 votes.

He will be challenged in the fall by Democrat Julie Berry, who was unopposed and received 801 votes here in Switzerland County. Districtwide, she received 5,352 votes on Tuesday.

Incumbent Republican State Representative Randy Frye was unopposed in Tuesday’s primary election. Here in Switzerland County, he received 324 votes; and across District 67, he received 5,243 votes. Currently there is no Democratic challenger for the District 67 seat in the November election.